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Stars Sweep Blues in Season Series

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St. Louis Blues David Backes (42) pushes the puck past Dallas Stars Kari Lehtonen of Finland for a goal as Stars Jeff Woywitka tries to help in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 2, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Blues David Backes (42) pushes the puck past Dallas Stars Kari Lehtonen of Finland for a goal as Stars Jeff Woywitka tries to help in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 2, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – Brad Richards scored the go-ahead goal at 6:32 of the third period and Kari Lehtonen stopped 28 shots in the Dallas Stars’ 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

Richards also had two assists, Brenden Morrow scored twice, and Dallas had three third-period goals en route to its fifth straight road victory. James Neal added a goal with 2:50 left.

St. Louis, which carried a 2-1 lead into the third period, had a five-game winning streak snapped. Alex Steen and David Backes scored for the Blues. Steen has a team-high 13 goals, nine in the last 16 games.

Lehtonen improved to 6-1 lifetime against St. Louis. He has never allowed more than two goals in seven starts against the Blues.

Dallas finished 4-0 against St. Louis this season, winning the previous three games by one goal. The Stars, who improved to 11-7-1 on the road, have outscored St. Louis 7-0 in the third period this season.

NOTES: Dallas last won five straight road games Jan. 17-Feb. 7, 2008. … The contest featured a 1:15 brawl between St. Louis’ Cam Janssen and Dallas’ Krystofer Barch in the opening period. … The Blues have 37 fighting majors this season – third in the NHL. … The Blues have sold out all 21 of their home games. … Dallas is 0-3-1 in its last four home games. .., Lehtonen had lost his last four games. … The Blues had a seven-game winning streak earlier in the season from Oct. 22 to Nov. 7.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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